LTC3838-2
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LTC3838-2

Dual, Fast, Accurate Step-Down DC/DC Controller with External Reference Voltage and Dual Differential Output Sensing

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Part Details
Part Models 4
1ku List Price Starting From $3.81
Features
  • Wide VIN Range: 4.5V to 38V
  • VOUT1: 0.6V to 5.5V, ±0.67% Output Regulation Accuracy, with Internal 0.6V VREFERENCE
  • VOUT2: 0.4V to 5.5V, ±4mV Regulation Accuracy, with Differential External VREFERENCE Sensing
  • Differential Remote Output Sensing; Up to ±500mV (VOUT1) and ±200mV (VOUT2) Ground Deviations
  • Fast Load Transient Response Without Clock Delay
  • Detect Transient Release (DTR) Reduces VOUT Overshoot
  • Frequency Programmable from 200kHz to 2MHz, Synchronizable to External Clock
  • tON(MIN) = 30ns, tOFF(MIN) = 90ns
  • RSENSE or Inductor DCR Current Sensing
  • Overvoltage Protection and Current Limit Foldback
  • Power Good Output Voltage Monitor
  • Thermally Enhanced 38-Pin (5mm × 7mm) QFN Package
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The LTC3838-2 is a dual-channel, PolyPhase® synchronous step-down DC/DC switching regulator controller. Two independent channels drive all N-channel power MOSFETs. The two channels can also be combined into a multiphase single output configuration with external reference.

The controlled on-time, valley current mode control architecture allows for not only fast response to transients without a clock delay, but also constant frequency switching at a steady-load condition. Its proprietary load-release transient detection feature (DTR) significantly reduces overshoot at low output voltages.

The switching frequency can be programmed from 200kHz to 2MHz with an external resistor, and can be synchronized to an external clock. Very low tON and tOFF times allow for near 0% and near 100% duty cycles, respectively. Voltage tracking soft start-up and multiple safety features are provided.

See below for a comparison of LTC3838, LTC3838-1 and LTC3838-2.

Part Number Description
LTC3838   ±0.67% Differential Output Voltage Accuracy Over Temperature on Channel 1, ±1% Output Regulation on Channel 2, Separate Per Channel 30mV to 100mV Current Sense Range Controls
LTC3838-1   ±0.67% Differential Output Voltage Accuracy Over Temperature on Both Channel 1 and Channel 2, Single Pin 30mV/60mV Current Sense Range Controls
LTC3838-2   ±0.67% Differential Output Voltage Accuracy With Internal Reference on Channel 1, ±4mV Differential with External Reference Voltage on Channel 2, Fixed 30mV Current Sense Range

Applications

  • Power for ASICs with Dynamic Voltage Scaling
  • Low Voltage, High Current, High Step-Down Ratio Converters That Demand Tight Transient Regulation
Part Models 4
1ku List Price Starting From $3.81

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Documentation

Documentation

Part Model Pin/Package Drawing Documentation CAD Symbols, Footprints, and 3D Models
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Software & Part Ecosystem

Software & Part Ecosystem

Evaluation Kit

Evaluation Kits 1

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DC1997A-B

LTC3838EUHF-2 Demo Board | 4.5V ≤ VIN ≤ 14V; VOUT1 = 1.5V @ 20A, VOUT2 = 1.2V @ 20A

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DC1997A-B

LTC3838EUHF-2 Demo Board | 4.5V ≤ VIN ≤ 14V; VOUT1 = 1.5V @ 20A, VOUT2 = 1.2V @ 20A

LTC3838EUHF-2 Demo Board | 4.5V ≤ VIN ≤ 14V; VOUT1 = 1.5V @ 20A, VOUT2 = 1.2V @ 20A

Product Detail

Demonstration circuit DC1997A is a dual output synchronous buck converters featuring the LTC3838EUHF-1 (DC1997A-A) or the  LTC3838EUHF-2 (DC1997A-B). Both assemblies provide two outputs of 1.5V/20A and 1.2V/20A over an input voltage range of 4.5V to 14V at a switching frequency of 300kHz. The LTC3838-1 and LTC3838-2 provide dual differential VOUT sensing while the dual LTC3838 (plain) has differential VOUT sensing on one channel. The "-2" version has an external reference input for channel 2.

Tools & Simulations

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LTspice® is a powerful, fast and free simulation software, schematic capture and waveform viewer with enhancements and models for improving the simulation of analog circuits.

To launch ready-to-run LTspice demonstration circuits for this part:

Step 1: Download and install LTspice on your computer.

Step 2: Click on the link in the section below to download a demonstration circuit.

Step 3: If LTspice does not automatically open after clicking the link below, you can instead run the simulation by right clicking on the link and selecting “Save Target As.” After saving the file to your computer, start LTspice and open the demonstration circuit by selecting ‘Open’ from the ‘File’ menu.

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